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Wedding DJ Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, Tom and Theresa

August 9, 2014

Last night I was delighted to be working in such an historic location - an auditorium adjacent to Canterbury Cathedral - where I was Wedding DJ to Tom and Theresa, on behalf of En Masse Productions.  As ever I arrived in plenty of time and whilst waiting for the room turnaround Canterbury Cathedral beckoned!  There are worse places to wait!  Cathedral and First Dance photos below courtesy of Ben @ Benjamin Toms Photography

My set up for the night was simple and effective, utilising a brick wall behind me for a couple of uplighters and then the beautiful starlight booth to the front.  For room lighting I utilised a couple of barrel scanners and two wash lights, changing colour to the music.

Theresa had supplied a list of preferred tunes, an equal balance of Motown classics and modern chart music.  But first it was the First Dance, a not so well known track but from a group that is a personal favourite of my own The Guillemots, the track was Made Up Lovesong #43!  Probably the first and only time I'll ever be asked for that one, a lovely track.

The guests, both young and old really responded well to the older Classics - how can people in their 20s know them so well?  Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" was the biggest floorfiller of the night, and they also had a good singalong to Toto's "Africa".  Theresa was happy to go with the flow, and most unusually relatively little modern music was played.

As a DJ, as in any occupation, it is always satisfying when the clients are delighted and both Theresa and her father (the man paying the bills!) made a point at the end of commenting as to how delighted they were with the entertainment - "You were excellent tonight.  Brilliant.  Thanks very much!"  Here's the playlist.

 

Fink - Maker (Mario Aureo Acoustic Sunday Sofa Edit)

M.I.A. vs Lorde  - Royal Planes(DJ Mike Biggz Mash Up)

Jessie J - Price Tag  (feat. B.o.B)

Emeli Sandé - Next to Me

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - The Tracks Of My Tears

Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Sherry

Randy Crawford - Street Life

Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Odyssey - Native New Yorker

Shalamar - I Can Make You Feel Good

Cee Lo Green - Bright Lights Bigger City

Stevie Wonder - Do I Do

 

First Dance and Specified Second Dance to Follow

 

Guillemots - Made-Up Lovesong #43

Dizzee Rascal - Dance Wiv Me (feat. Calvin Harris)

 

Reception Party

 

Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky

Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours

Sister Sledge - We Are Family

Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Deee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

Ce Ce Peniston - Finally

Rosie Gaines - Closer than Close

Bobby Brown - Two Can Play That Game

Moloko - Sing It Back

Spiller Ft Sophie Ellis Bextor - Groovejet

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Third Finger, Left Hand

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Jimmy Mack

Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

Ben E King & The Drifters - Saturday Night At The Movies

Jackie Wilson - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

Phil Collins  - You Can't Hurry Love

Sam Cooke - Twistin' The Night Away

The Beatles - Twist and Shout

The Trammps - Disco Inferno

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie

ABBA - Mamma Mia

The B52's - Love Shack

George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You

Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Joe Tex - Ain't Gonna Bump No More

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)

DJ Cassidy ft. Robin Thicke & Jessie J - Calling All Hearts

Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Radio Edit)

Rizzle Kicks & Ollie Murs - Heart Skips a Beat

Katy Perry - Roar

Fun - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)

Blue - All Rise

Beyonce - Countdown

Sigma - Nobody To Love

Black Box - Ride On Time

Robin S - Show Me Love (Stonebridge Edit)

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)

EMF & Reeves & Mortimer - I'm a Believer

Madness - Baggy Trousers

Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Abba - Dancing Queen

Martha Reeves & The Vandella - Dancing In The Streets

Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There

Jackson 5 - I Want You Back

The Supremes - Baby Love

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much

Toto - Africa

Spice Girls - Wannabe

Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

Frank Sinatra - Theme From New York New York

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